Important Dates

May 4, 2017 
Online Registration Opens
Abstract Submission Opens

July 31, 2017
Abstract Submission Deadline
Travel Grant Application Deadline 

August 31, 2017
Early Bird Registration Deadline

September 18, 2017
Hotel Reservation Deadline      

Program Committee Chair 
Dag Harmsen, Chair, University of Muenster, Muenster, Germany

Program Committee Vice-Chair 
Jennifer Gardy, Vice Chair, BC Centre for Disease Control, Vancouver, BC, Canada

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Scientific Program

Sunday, October 8, 2017

5:00 pm – 7:00 pm






Opening Keynote Session

Opening Comments
Dag Harmsen, Conference Chair, University of Muenster, Muenster, Germany

WGS for Public Health Microbiology - Trials, Tribulations, and Triumphs
Catherine Arnold, Head of Genomic Services and Development Unit, National Infection Service, Public Health England, London, UK

Three Decades Riding the Exponential Curve - NCBI Putting Sequences to Use from 1988 to 2017
Jim Ostell, Acting Director, National Center for Biotechnology Information, NLM, NIH, NIH Distinguished Investigator, Bethesda, MD


7:00 pm – 8:30 pm Opening Reception

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Monday, October 9, 2017

9:00 am – 12:30 pm
















Session 1: Epidemiological Cues: NGS in Clinical and Public Health Microbiology

Incorporating Epidemiology and Microbial NGS to Maximize Clinical and Public Health Impact
Yonatan Grad, Assistant Professor of Immunology and Infectious Diseases,
Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health, and Division of Infectious Diseases, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA

Validating a System for Grading Drug-resistance Associated Mutations in Mycobacterium tuberculosis: Comparison of WGS Data in the Relational Sequencing TB Data Platform (ReSeqTB) with a Systematic Review
Rebecca Colman, University of California San Diego, San Diego, CA

Coffee Break 

Metagenomic Sequencing for Diagnosis of Brain and Eye Infections
Steven Salzberg, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD

Prognostic Drug Sensitivity Testing: Targeted Sequencing to Detect "Pre-Resistance" in TB
David Engelthaler, Translational Genomics Research Institute, Flagstaff, AZ

Genomic Proof of Probiotic Transmission from Capsule to Blood in Patients with Lactobacillus rhamnosus Bacteremia
Christina Merakou, Boston Children’s Hospital, Boston, MA

12:30 pm – 2:00 pm Lunch
2:00 pm – 4:00 pm Poster Session A

4:00 pm – 6:00 pm











Session 2: From Pipelines to Pixels: NGS Data Integration (Reporting, QC/QA, Accreditation, Training) and Visualization

Real-time Tracking and Prediction of RNA Virus Evolution
Richard Neher, Associate Professor of Computational Modeling of Biological Processes, Biozentrum of the University of Basel, Basel, Switzerland

Evidence-based Design and Evaluation of a Whole Genome Sequencing Clinical Report for the Reference Microbiology Laboratory
Anamaria Crisan, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, CANADA

Whole Genome Sequence Analysis: - Rapid Online Interpretation of Microbial Genomics for Surveillance and Epidemiology
David Aanensen, Centre for Genomic Pathogen Surveillance, Wellcome Genome Campus, Cambridgeshire, UNITED KINGDOM

Enabling Phyletic-based Visualization and Comparison of Genomic Islands for Tens to Hundreds of Microbial Genomes
Claire Bertelli, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, BC, CANADA

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Tuesday, October 10, 2017

9:00 am – 12:30 pm













Session 3: Farm-to-Table: NGS in Veterinary, Food, and Environmental Microbiology

Single-cell Sequencing: From Diversity to Function
Tanja Woyke, Head, Microbial Genomics Program at DOE Joint Genome Institute, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Walnut Creek, CA

Unbiased Strain-typing of Arbovirus Directly from Mosquitoes Using Nanopore Sequencing: a Field-forward Biosurveillance Protocol
Joseph Russell, MRIGlobal, Gaithersburg, MD

Coffee Break

Usage of Organelle Genome Polymorphisms for Differentiation of Cyclospora cayetanensis Isolates from Outbreak Samples
Hediye Cinar, U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Laurel, MD

WGS of Environmental Staphylococcus aureus Strains Show Numerous Virulence Determinants
Sandra Tallent, US FDA/CFSAN/ORS, College Park, MD

Meta-analysis Describing Genomic Relatedness Among Epidemiologically Well-defined Isolates of Priority Foodborne Pathogens in Canada
Aleisha Reimer, Public Health Agency of Canada, Winnipeg, MB, CANADA

12:30 pm – 2:00 pm Lunch
2:00 pm  â€“ 4:00 pm Poster Session B

4:00 pm – 6:00 pm










Session 4: Drugs & Thugs: NGS to Combat AMR

Tracing Ancient Origins of Hospital Adaptation using NGS
Ashlee Earl, Group Leader, Bacterial Genomics, Infectious Disease & Microbiome Program, The Broad Institute of MIT & Harvard University, Cambridge, MA

Machine Learning-based Antimicrobial Resistance Prediction in PATRIC and RAST
James Davis, Argonne National Laboratory and the University of Chicago, Argonne, IL

Using ‘Insider Information’ to Identify Novel Antibacterial Targets
Laura Nolan, Imperial College London, London, UNITED KINGDOM

Encoding the Efflux Pump Phenomena
Kara Tsang, McMaster University, Hamilton, ON, CANADA

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Wednesday, October 11, 2017

9:00 am – 12:30 pm 


















Session 5: Pipe Dreams: Analytical Methods, Bioinformatics Tools, and Pipelines

Rapid End-to-End Workflows for Hypothesis-Free, NGS-Based Pathogen Detection in a Diagnostic Laboratory
Robert Schlaberg, Medical Director, Microbial Amplified Detection, Virology, and Fecal Chemistry Laboratories, and Assistant Medical Director of the Molecular Infectious Disease Laboratories at ARUP; Assistant Professor of Pathology, University of Utah School of Medicine, Salt Lake City, UT

Pathogen Detection and Resistome Characterization by the Application of Next Generation Sequencing and Bioinformatics
Rita Colwell, University of Maryland, College Park, MD

Coffee Break

ProxiMeta: a Hi-C-based Metagenome Assembly Platform and Microbial Discovery Platform
Ivan Liachko, Phase Genomics, Seattle, WA

MachineLearning Based Identification of Pathogenic Species in Next GenerationSequencing Experiments
Carlus Deneke, Federal Institute for Risk Assessment, Berlin, GERMANY

NCBI Pathogen Detection: Facilitating Traceback and Outbreak Investigation of Foodborne Pathogen Genome Sequences in Real-time using Automated wgMLST and SNP Analysis Pipelines
William Klimke, NCBI/NLM/NIH/HHS, Bethesda, MD

12:30 pm  Conference Ends 

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